Getting Pregnant And Getting Your Body Ready
When you’re ready to start trying to conceive, you’re ready there and then. It can be an impatient and frustrating time, but there are ways to convince your body that now is definitely the time we are getting pregnant. We are more likely to conceive when we’re relaxed, happy, and healthy. While people obviously do get pregnant outside of this window, ensuring these things helps to create a healthy environment for the baby to grow in, and tends to make the pregnancy easy on mom too. If you’re ready to start a family, ask yourself these questions, and get your body and mind baby ready.
How’s your diet?
Our bodies really need to be at an optimum weight, not only to conceive but to be able to support a growing life safely and comfortable. Before conception, going through the motions to shed a few extra pounds can really help. It also can really help to make sure your body is in tip-top condition for the embryo, once it’s there.
If you’re overweight, especially if your BMI is over 30, you will find that your likelihood of getting pregnant is significantly lowered, so eating well in the lead up to conception can make a big difference. You’ll also want to ensure your heart is healthy and your cholesterol is low, so watching what you eat, prioritizing low-fat foods and avoiding anything deep fried can have a significant impact on your overall health, and your chances of conceiving.
How much exercise are you doing?
Just like eating well, undertaking regular exercise will also help you to conceive, and help to ensure your body is healthy for the baby. Getting fit before pregnancy will help with problems with mobility once you’ve conceived. It strengthens muscles, making joint and back pain far less acute. It can even help with the birth, as the stronger your core muscles, the easier it is to push the baby out.
Before you conceive, any form of exercise is fair game. After conception, however, it’s sensible to avoid running after around eight weeks, and stick to low-impact exercises such as swimming to keep fit, but also to soothe aching joints and muscles.
Have you knocked back the bad habits?
As you’re leading up to getting pregnant, it’s the perfect time to knock any bad habits on the head. It gives your body a time to mend before the baby is conceived, but it also helps to ensure that any cravings or withdrawal symptoms aren’t going to affect you while you’re pregnant. Smoking cigarettes, drugs, or drinking alcohol regularly are all things that will not only harm a baby, but can make conception significantly more difficult. If you’re doing any of those things and struggling to get pregnant, you might just have found your reasons why.
What are your backup plans?
Some people struggle to conceive, and it’s a terribly sad fact of life. Some men have low sperm counts, some women aren’t able to support a baby, or their bodies don’t produce healthy eggs. Do you have a backup plan if you struggle to conceive long term?
Some women are very fortunate, and exceedingly generous, and go ahead with egg donation so that women who are unable to conceive are able to carry a baby to term and experience pregnancy, so that is a potential option. Otherwise, there is adoption, surrogacy, or fostering. If you’re struggling to conceive long term, speak to your doctor about fertility testing, and be sure to discuss your options – this isn’t the end of the line, so try not to feel disheartened.
How’s your mind?
A person who is happy and relaxed is both more likely to conceive and less likely to experience problems during pregnancy. This might sound almost impossible if you’ve been trying for a while. While it’s easier said than done, feeling relaxed really is the way to go. If you’ve been trying to conceive with no luck, take a break and focus on you and your partner for a month or so.
Constantly trying can make it seem more like a chore than it ought, and it can completely rule your life. A break allows you to step back and think about other things, and restart with a renewed energy a month or so down the line. Don’t let it become an obsession – it really is counter-productive.
Are you getting the nutrients you need?
Pregnant women are advised to take iron and folic acid supplements from the start, but did you know that if you start taking them early, you’re actually helping your body prepare for the embryo? As soon as you stop taking your contraception, get started on the folic acid supplements, and take them right up until the twelfth week of pregnancy.
This will guarantee your body is in tip-top condition. If you choose to take a daily multivitamin, be careful to check that the one you choose is suitable for pregnant women, as some may contain too much vitamin A, which isn’t good for a developing baby.
Are you sleeping enough?
Your brain and body can only be on top form if you’re getting enough rest. When you’re tired, your body is in survival mode, not prosper mode. You need to be aiming for your eight hours sleep a night and trying to avoid being disturbed.
When was your last health checkup?
Before you get pregnant, it’s worth getting a complete medical check from your clinician. They should give you a pap smear, a breast examination, and give you some blood tests to check your cholesterol, and a few other things. This will not only put your mind at ease, but it will also give you time to deal with any possible issues, such as high cholesterol before you’ve got a baby to gestate too.
They’ll also be able to ensure you’re up to date on any vaccines – it’s far better to get them done before pregnancy as certain diseases can cause infertility or miscarriage. Making sure you’re fully vaccinated helps to ensure your baby will be as safe as possible while you’re carrying them.
Getting pregnant can be a long and tedious journey, and a lesson in patience and perseverance. But you can give your body a bit of encouragement along the way. Just remember, relax, and try not to be disheartened – you’ve got this!